(with a touch of honey and a dash of poetry)
6 cups water
1/3 cup ginger root, peeled and sliced
6 level teaspoons of loose green tea (one level teaspoon per cup)
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves (slightly crushed to release their essence)
1/4 cup honey (optional)
In a medium-sized pot, combine the water and ginger. Bring to a boil then remove from heat and add loose green tea and crushed mint leaves. Cover the pot and steep for 15 to 20 minutes.
Strain. Slice lemon in half. Squeeze one half into the steeped tea. Add honey (optional). Cool to room temperature and then transfer to a pitcher. Refrigerate for a few hours.
Before sitting down to read a chosen piece of poetry, slice the remaining half of lemon, pour the cooled tea into a tall glass. Add 1 or 2 slices of lemon to the cold brew along with a few fresh mint leaves and ice cubes*.
*As to not dilute the brew - after the tea has cooled pour a portion of it into ice cube trays and freeze. These iced tea cubes will keep your cold brew chilled and full-bodied.
Why tea and poetry?
Because the truth of life is found in their anatomy - the ancient leaves of tea and the penned leaves of a poetry.
Time enhances the taste of tea and soul is the fragrance of poetry. Both open flood gates of discovery in shaping one's reality.
Harmony, I believe is made through poetry and the nature of tea.
Tempests in teacups can be tempered by reading or writing lines of poetry. Poems pondering angst and pain, sorrow and grief. emotive strain or memories are relieved or appeased by making a fresh pot of tea - an ancient ritual of ceremony.
Poetry and tea through their tomes and leaves teach us how to perceive perfection in the imperfections of daily life.
With tall glass of tea in hand, may your thirsts be quenched.